iTEP Adds International Education Industry Veterans to Executive Team

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iTEP Adds International Education Industry Veterans to Executive Team

From left to right: Cindy Ochoa, Rupert Johnstone, Tom Shandorf

As iTEP continues to grow across the world and provide English testing for a wide variety of purposes within the education field and beyond, we are proud to announce the following additions to our team.

  • Cindy Ochoa, Director for Institutional Relations
  • Rupert Johnstone, Vice President Distribution, ANZ
  • Tom Shandorf, Executive Director, Europe

Cindy Ochoa has had many years of experience with intensive English language programs in the US. Cindy has also served in a number of leadership positions with NAFSA, EnglishUSA and the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA), one of two accrediting agencies for English language programs. She currently serves as the 2018 CEA Commission Chair. She is a well known and respected ESL/EFL professional who has spent many hours reviewing and evaluating English language assessment exams available on the market. During this process, she adopted iTEP products, and became acquainted with our team and our mission to provide affordable, accurate and convenient English language assessment exams. Cindy will provide support in introducing iTEP exams to English language and pathway programs in the US and to colleges and universities for use in their admissions process.

Rupert Johnstone joins iTEP with a wealth of 30 years of education management experience in every corner of the globe. For the last 5 years, Rupert has been delivering business transformation services to Australia’s leading ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students), vocational and higher education providers, including post-acquisition restructures. Prior to that, Rupert’s 20-plus years with ELS took him all over the world, mainly establishing ELS’s recruitment infrastructure in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, as well as opening and managing ELS Centers in Brisbane, London, Seoul, Shanghai, and Vancouver. Rupert is the Founder of a pioneering Sydney-based B2B education consultancy Global Education Connections, which includes the Global Education Leaders Forum and Global Employment Connections.

Tom Shandorf is the owner and director of the American Language Center (Istituto Americano) in Florence, Italy, which has offered English language programs since 1959. He also owns and manages Via Lingua International, an organization devoted to the development of qualified and certified teachers of English as a foreign language. Tom has also held various management positions with ELS Language Centers, as well. Tom has worked closely with iTEP International for years, both using iTEP exams in his businesses as well as providing invaluable advice and guidance to our leaders. Following the success of iTEP’s first international office established in Mexico in 2016, there is incredible potential for iTEP to grow in Europe under Tom’s leadership.

“We are so very fortunate to have these acclaimed international educators as members of the senior iTEP team,” says iTEP International Chairman Perry Akins. “Each of these individuals greatly expands the knowledge base and reach of our organization.”